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Automatic Vicat apparatus

  • New functional and ergonomic design based on the innovative CVi-TECH philosophy invented by CONTROLS througt the recent years
  • Advanced electronics technologies providing superior performances and total flexibility combined with simplicity in use
  • Easy-to-use double interface: local mode, with large size 4,3" touch screen color display, and remote mode, with PC
  • Supplied complete with PC software for data processing VICASOFT-BASIC
  • With PC software VICASOFT-PREMIUM (optional) up to 32 indipendent units can be connected to a single PC via LAN port and hub. All units are remotely controlled. Adopting the multi-test network concept laboratory productivity is maximized
  • Integrated graphic printer is available as optional accessory showing both results in numerical format and setting time plot
  • Easy setting and storage of user-defined test profiles allowing quick test start
  • Large accessibility to the test space
  • Practical in-water testing accessory (optional)
  • Automatic determination of initial and final setting time


EN 196-3

EN 480-2




CONTROLS have long tradition in manufacturing automatic setting time testers for cement and mortar. A new generation, the third one, is now available. The new machine has been completely redesigned based on the innovative CVI-TECH philosophy. As with the older generations the test procedure is unchanged, a needle (or a probe) drops freely into a cement sample at regular intervals and in fixed positions. Penetration depth is measured by a sensor with 0,1 mm resolution. Along with hardening process development the penetration depth decreases, when it matches some thresholds pre-defined by Standards initial and final setting times are measured and recorded.


  • 63-L2700/E
    VICAMATIC-2, automatic electronic apparatus for setting time test on cement/mortar/gypsum. Complete with EN 196-3 accessories: initial setting time needle 1.13 mm dia., mould and PC software VICASOFT-BASIC.
    110-240V, 50-60Hz, 1ph.
  • 63-L2700/F 
    VICAMATIC-2, automatic electronic apparatus for setting time test on cement/mortar/gypsum. Complete with ASTM C191 accessories: initial setting time needle 1.00 mm dia., mould and PC software VICASOFT-BASIC. 
    110-240V, 50-60Hz, 1ph.
  • 63-L2700 
    VICAMATIC-2, automatic electronic apparatus for setting time test on cement/mortar/gypsum complete with PC software VICASOFT-BASIC. Supplied without accessories (mould, needle and mould centering ring). 
    110-240V, 50-60Hz, 1ph.



  • 63-L2700/E10
    Accessory for needle cleaning and in-water testing
  • 63-L2700/E11
    LAN hub for PC connection of up to 7 VICAMATIC-2 units or up to 6 units in case of multi-hub network. LAN cable from hub to PC is included. Each VICAMATIC-2 unit is supplied complete with LAN cable
  • 63-L2700/PR
    Upgrading of a VICAMATIC-2 unit for incorporating a graphic printer into the head. Test settings and results are plotted both as numerical and graphical format including penetration depth/time diagram. The upgrading shall be factory installed
  • 63-L2700/E14
    Needle for final setting test to EN
  • 63-L2700/E15
    Cylindrical probe for consistency test.
  • 63-L2700/F15
    Cylindrical probe and addition weight for consistency test to ASTM C807.
  • 63-L2700/E16
    Additional weight 700 g
  • 63-L2700/E18
    Conical penetration probe 8 mm dia x 50 mm complete with 100g calibrated weight for gypsum testing to EN 13279
  • 63-L2700/F21
    2 mm dia. needle to ASTM C807
  • 63-L0027/F23
    Brass cylindrical mould to ASTM C807
  • 63-L0027/E9
    Water thermostatic unit for VICAMATIC -2. Up to 2 units may be connected. 230 V, 50-60 Hz, 1 ph
  • 63-L0027/E9Z
    Same as above, but 110 V, 60 Hz, 1 ph
  • 82-SW/VS
    VICASOFT-PREMIUM software for PC connection of up to 32 VICAMATIC-2 units including remote control of each unit, data acquisition - processing - filing, printout of test reports. Communication via LAN port (each VICAMATIC-2 unit is supplied complete with LAN cable). The connection of one VICAMATIC-2 unit is direct via the PC LAN-port, for more VICAMATIC-2 units (up to 32) one or more LAN hubs are required with total number of ports equal (or bigger) to the number of VICAMATIC-2 units included in the network. LAN hubs are not included

Spare parts

  • 63-L2700/1
    Cenitering ring for EN mould
  • 63-L2700/2
    Centering ring for ASTM mould
  • 63-L2700/E20
    1,13 mm dia. needle for initial setting time test to EN
  • 63-L2700/E21
    1 mm dia. needle for setting time test to ASTM/AASHTO
  • 63-L0027/E22
    Plastic mould to EN
  • 63-L0027/E23
    Plastic mould to ASTM/AASHTO
  • 63-L2700/E24
    Glass base plate
  • 63-L2700/E25
    Spare base plate for in-water testing kit

technical specifications



  • Conforming to EN 196-3, 13279-2, 480-2, ASTM C191, C187
  • Large size 4,3" touch screen color display
  • LAN port for direct connection to PC of a single unit or connection to a LAN hub for creating a network with up to 32 independent units all controlled by a single PC. 1 LAN cable is included
  • USB port for data storage on pen-drive (included)
  • Test procedures can be customized and stored to match user-defined requirements
  • Can incorporate an integrated graphic printer showing test result and setting time plot
  • Large test space with easy accessibility
  • Automatic calculation of initial and final setting time at programmable penetration depth limits
  • Wide range of accessories including EN and ASTM/AASHTO parts, in-water testing kit, needle cleaning device, integrated printer, probes for testing consistency and gypsum
  • Minimum penetrations rate: 10 seconds
  • Penetration measurement by encoder
  • Power: 50 W
  • Dimensions: 200x400x410mm (L x W x H)
  • Weight approx.: 10 kg


  • Easy programming of customized test profiles, recallable for future tests, including:
    • adjustable test start delay
    • penetration points positions
    • manual or automatic penetration rate
    • free or driven dropping mode
    • holding intervals inside the sample
    • automatic end- test detection
    • automatic measurement of initial and final setting time
  • Test data: test number, operator, client, date, hour, cement type, water percentage, delay
  • Easy calibration menu
  • Clock calendar
  • Multi-language

EN 196-3 | EN 480-2 | ASTM C191 | AASHTO T131

Automatic Vicat apparatus